Here it comes — The parking industry is responsible for just about everything. According to this article our industry first of all, provides 3 times more parking spaces than there are drivers. Plus our lots and garages cause urban heating and take up valuable crop land, etc etc etc.
I sort of knew that there were a lot of parking spaces, since I seldom have trouble finding one when I want one. It does make sense that there has to be at least two spaces for every driver, since you left one and you are going to one. But there also has to be more since there’s no way to tell where I’m going to go and since they counted my garage and driveway as parking spaces. Of course, there will be plenty of space around shopping centers (most required by cities, not the center) and spots on streets and the like.
But then there’s the dreaded pollution issue. Cars drop oil and it gets on the concrete and then it runs off into the streets and rivers and kills all non human life. But…if there were no parking lots, the crud would drop directly on the dirt and the same thing would happen. And did the writers of the article know that most new pavings and facilities have to take this little issue into consideration? Probably not.
And what about those quarter of a million bushels of corn that could have been grown on parking spaces if they were left to farm and not collect oil and pollute? Are those the same bushels that are now being used for ethanol? What about the millions of acres of farmland that lies fallow because the government pays farmers NOT to grow anything? Aw Jeese..Don’t you hate it when that happens.
You know — I think we are responsible for Global Warming. According to the article, there is something called the "urban heat affect" and that means that cities are warmer than the surrounding countryside. (That must be why people take Sunday drives — whoops). Anyway. Because of parking lots, cities are warmer, and since most temperature monitoring stations are located in cities…..
And they spent good hard earned money for this survey — no it wasn’t earned, it was your tax dollars at work.
You get the idea.